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THESE ARE THE BEST I CAN DO MYSELF       HOPEFULLY MY G.S. OR G. NEPHEW WILL COME BEFORE THEY ALL GO AWAY I can see dozens of hummers mostly little guys  on my feed
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MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS

posted at 9/5/2013 9:32 AM EDT
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THESE ARE THE BEST I CAN DO MYSELF       HOPEFULLY MY G.S. OR G. NEPHEW WILL COME BEFORE THEY ALL GO AWAY
I can see dozens of hummers mostly little guys  on my feeders  they drank both dry since sunday
I wish they could all stay         fascinating   I can't seem to walk away from them


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posted at 9/5/2013 9:41 AM EDT
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I will be sad to see these little guys leave. 
I am glad the lady next door went away for a while otherwise the hummers would have not ventured to my plants for food.  I plan on getting a few more feeders, most will be going on sale soon.  Next year I will be well prepared for them. 

By the way what do you use to color your food?  I just keep mine clear. 

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posted at 9/5/2013 9:54 AM EDT
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nikki,
i'm lazy         I actually buy the ready made stuff at walmart
it's easier for me to use      and  no clean-up
I really like the color and heard warnings about food colors and hummers
I was just scared to try any

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posted at 9/5/2013 11:08 AM EDT
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i had 3 of them but they have left now

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posted at 9/5/2013 11:37 AM EDT
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I had to buy two more feeders -- the many migrating hummers were empting the ones I had in less than a day.

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posted at 9/5/2013 3:11 PM EDT
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I obviously do not have many hummers visiting my feeder.  I know I have 2 possibly 3.  But they have never finished what is in the bottle that I hang and I only put about 1 to 2 cups in because I am dumping out what they do not consume in 2 or 3 days. Then with the lady next door they may be getting plenty.  I think she has 4 feeders out. 
I am bound and determined to more feeders for next year.  I have seen some very pretty multi colored ones.  Can anyone tell me if the birds are attracted to them more than the plain bottle with the red base.  I know they go for reds. 

Now I will have to look into Baltimore Oriel feeders and try to attract them.  

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posted at 9/5/2013 3:30 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS:
I obviously do not have many hummers visiting my feeder.  I know I have 2 possibly 3.  But they have never finished what is in the bottle that I hang and I only put about 1 to 2 cups in because I am dumping out what they do not consume in 2 or 3 days. Then with the lady next door they may be getting plenty.  I think she has 4 feeders out.  I am bound and determined to more feeders for next year.  I have seen some very pretty multi colored ones.  Can anyone tell me if the birds are attracted to them more than the plain bottle with the red base.  I know they go for reds.  Now I will have to look into Baltimore Oriel feeders and try to attract them.  
Posted by nikki p

Nikki, we've been trying for years to lure the Baltimore Oriels into our yard to our feeder, but after five years of trying, we haven't had one visit to date.  Hope you have good luck luring them.  If you do, let me know some pointers.

Re: MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS

posted at 9/5/2013 3:37 PM EDT
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right now that top feeder has only about 1 inch above base left            will probably have to refill it when my g.s. comes
nikki ,
nancy and I are in a migration flight path    right now so there are many more than normal

Re: MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS

posted at 9/5/2013 4:23 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
Hi NELLIE V; Thanks for  posting these pictures; you did a great job& I don't think you really  need help from anyone; just a little more self confidence in your own abilities.:>)

Re: MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS

posted at 9/5/2013 6:04 PM EDT
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I have great memories of being on Vandenberg AFB (the coast of CA - Santa Barbara County) and feeding SEVEN different varieties of hummers all year long.  
Here we have only the ruby throats which I love.  I'm going to miss them when they're gone.

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posted at 9/5/2013 7:33 PM EDT
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The pictures are really nice. I don't have any hummers.

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posted at 9/5/2013 8:10 PM EDT
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When I lived out in the woods I had orioles - not many, but a couple 'families' every summer - and they ignored the oriole feeders ... they went straight to the hummer feeders - and they liked orange halves.  They ignored the jelly I offered them but wanted the oranges.
Here - in a crowded condo development - every summer I get two or three orioles passing through.  They use the hummer feeders and move along.

The funniest thing I had was a male and female pileated woodpecker trying, over and over, to teach their kid to use a suet feeder.

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posted at 9/6/2013 7:12 AM EDT
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Hummingbirds are very interesting little birds

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posted at 9/6/2013 7:34 AM EDT
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my hummers  have me filling my feeders 2 times a day  they get in my ear as I am filling them its so nice to see them

Re: MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS

posted at 9/6/2013 8:56 AM EDT
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As I sit and read these there is a hummingbird perched right next to the feeder. 
Last weekend I had a friends kids over and they helped me at a Hosta sale.  While they were there sitting under a willow tree they took willow twigs and wove wreaths and gave me one and I told them I would hang it out for the hummingbirds and that is what the birds have been sitting on as well as the arm of the hanger that the feeder is hung from. 
I sure am going to miss these little guys. 

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posted at 9/6/2013 9:12 AM EDT
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we put the feeders away for the winter.

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posted at 9/6/2013 10:24 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS:
I obviously do not have many hummers visiting my feeder.  I know I have 2 possibly 3.  But they have never finished what is in the bottle that I hang and I only put about 1 to 2 cups in because I am dumping out what they do not consume in 2 or 3 days. Then with the lady next door they may be getting plenty.  I think she has 4 feeders out.  I am bound and determined to more feeders for next year.  I have seen some very pretty multi colored ones.  Can anyone tell me if the birds are attracted to them more than the plain bottle with the red base.  I know they go for reds.  Now I will have to look into Baltimore Oriel feeders and try to attract them.  
Posted by nikki p


  nikki,
they seem to like the bright feeder best    the one on top in pic     I think for that bright yellow bee guard
it's glass     from walmart  8.99   they also have the identical plastic ones for 4.99 (I think)   my niece has about 6 of the very cheap feeders walmart had early spring for 1.00 ea   and they flock around them too  they also are red top and bottom w/ yellow flowers for sipping

the hot-air balloon one I got for mothers day is lovely   but the wasps took it over
it's still hanging  but washed  and empty  they do try it             I think it would be very hard to see the level of food left

Re: MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS

posted at 9/6/2013 11:17 AM EDT
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I'm having problems with honey bees ....... piles of them are actually "coating" the feeder slot areas and a bird cannot get near.  Frequently I go out and chase them all away --- I'm gonna' get stung.
I wonder what honey tastes like when it's made from pure cane sugar.

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posted at 9/6/2013 3:29 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS:
I'm having problems with honey bees ....... piles of them are actually "coating" the feeder slot areas and a bird cannot get near.  Frequently I go out and chase them all away --- I'm gonna' get stung. I wonder what honey tastes like when it's made from pure cane sugar.
Posted by Nancy G

Did you ever see the photos of a honey comb, I think it was in France. The bees had found a sugar source near a candy factory and the honey comb was in different colors. I will see if I can find it on line and give details...


Re: MIGRATING FLIGHTS OF HUMMERS

posted at 9/6/2013 6:44 PM EDT
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Even though the flowers that attract our hummers are past, we are still getting birds coming to our feeders.  The problem is that one of the birds thinks he owns both the feeders and keeps chasing others away.  Our birds are very territorial apparently.

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